RV Farley Mowat

Too much warrior and not enough rainbow

Sydney Morning Herald

The head of the pirate organisation Sea Shepherd (They fly a Jolly Roger), the eco-terrorist Paul Watson, is on the run after skipping bail in Germany:

Paul Watson calls it “Getting out of Dodge” – as in the Wild West’s Dodge City. The hardline conservationist knows when the forces arrayed against him mean it’s time to leave town.

He got out of Dodge once in 2006, just hours before authorities in Hobart were told his ship Farley Mowat should be detained, having been stripped of its Belizean flag.

Since then he has led the transformation of his group from a self-proclaimed pirate outfit, to a small, efficient navy funded largely by Hollywood millionaires.

Now he has suddenly taken flight from Germany, where he was being detained over another 10 year-old decision to get out of Dodge in Costa Rica.

The decision to skip bail in Frankfurt throws into doubt his ability to lead the group he founded 35 years ago.

Pensive and bearish, the Canadian-born Watson, 61, was an original Greenpeace member who broke with the group in the 1970s. Most of those activists have recalled Mr Watson as too much warrior and not enough rainbow.

More like too much yellow as he cuts and runs again from authorities.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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